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Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend, July 19-21, features three days of exciting on-track action for one of New England’s biggest parties of the summer. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take center stage for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m.

The weekend also features Tripleheader Saturday (July 20) with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour racing in the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 at 2:00 p.m., the NASCAR Xfinity Series racing in the Lakes Region 200 at 4:00 p.m. and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East racing in the United Site Services 70 at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour All Star Shoot Out gets the on-track action started on Friday, July 19 at 2:10 p.m., followed by qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers starting at 4:45 p.m.

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Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take center stage for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. with qualifying on Friday, July 19 at 4:45 p.m.

Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take center stage for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. with qualifying on Friday, July 19 at 4:45 p.m.

In 2018, Kevin Harvick hit the jackpot, taking his sixth 2018 win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after an intense battle with Kyle Busch for the lead in the final laps to cross the finish line first.

Harvick had already conquered the one-mile zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino in May to announce the multi-year partnership between the speedway and Foxwoods Resort Casino, and now, the majestic Rainmaker trophy is his, along with 19-pound Loudon the Lobster, after he conquered “The Magic Mile” for his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at NHMS.

With seven laps to go, Harvick got to the back bumper and pushed Kyle Busch out of the way. Harvick was all over Busch, tapping him multiple times, sending him out of the racing groove into Turn 2 to take the lead for good.

“We were just running out of laps, and I knew I might not get to him again,” said Harvick. “As hard as both of us were pushing, I got to him, and I knew I needed to take my opportunity. I felt like I needed to get him up out of the groove, and I got him up out of the groove and was able to get by.”

Busch didn’t feel like he had the best car in the race, even though he certainly knows how to get to Victory Lane at NHMS. The 2015 NASCAR champion is the all-time leader in NASCAR national series wins at NHMS including a trip to Victory Lane in last September’s race.

“I knew our car wasn't going to be good enough,” said Busch. “Those SHR cars were all fast today, and we just didn't have what we needed there, so I was just backing up, and Harvick was using me up there for about four or five corners in a row, which is fine. I think he could have made the move work cleaner than that, but you know, it’s all fair game when you are racing. How you race is how you get raced.”

Harvick qualified 14th, made up seven spots by the end of Stage 1 and was up to fourth by the end of Stage 2. He led three times for a total of 12 laps, including the most important lap – the final one that earned him a spot in Victory Lane.

“I want to thank all the fans for sticking it out in the rain today,” said Harvick. “What a great race today. Thanks everybody from Foxwoods and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Appreciate it! Awesome day!”

Lakes Region 200

Lakes Region 200

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race in the Lakes Region 200 on Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. with qualifying on the same day at 11:05 a.m.

Lakes Region 200

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race in the Lakes Region 200 on Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. with qualifying on the same day at 11:05 a.m.

Last year, Christopher Bell’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ended with a win, giving him his second consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series victory after the previous week’s trip to Victory Lane in Kentucky.

Bell’s win broke a streak of six consecutive pole winners winning the Lakes Region 200. Brad Keselowski’s 2011 win was the last time the pole winner was not the winner of the race. Keselowski was the only driver in the field who had previously won in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Despite being the pole winner, Keselowski missed the mandatory Driver and Crew Chief Meeting and was forced to start at the back of the pack.

Bell’s back-to-back wins didn’t come easy as the NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie experienced technical problems midway through the race. His tachometer failed, but it didn’t prove to be a challenge for the driver getting on and off pit road over the final stops of the race.

“I was getting really nervous, because I didn't have a tach, so I didn't know how I was going to get down pit road,” said Bell. “Luckily, I got the best spotter on the roof, and Tony [Hirschman] was able to guide me and let me know 'I think you can pick it up a little bit,' and, a couple of times, told me to slow it down. It worked out for us we were able to take four tires there. That was a big deal.”

Bell, a NASCAR Xfinity Series regular won stage one, but was off pit cycle and ended up in eighth after getting mired in the middle of the pack, which allowed Keselowski to take the win in stage two. Bell led the field for a total of 93 laps, and after 13 lead changes, he led for the final time on lap 182.

“That's pretty special,” replied Bell when asked about beating Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski in back-to-back weeks. "I never dreamed I'd be here at Joe Gibbs Racing competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. I'm proud of this entire group at Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 20 team. They work their butts off.”

Keselowski and Ryan Preece finished second and third respectively.

“Once Brad got going, I thought I had a better car than him, and I thought I had a better car than Christopher Bell,” said Preece. “I knew Brad had two tires; I was racing him for all I had, trying to get in front him, chase down my teammate and win here in New England, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t enough to be with those guys.”

Eastern Propane & Oil 100

Eastern Propane & Oil 100

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100 is on Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. with qualifying on the same day at 9:00 a.m.

Eastern Propane & Oil 100

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100 is on Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. with qualifying on the same day at 9:00 a.m.

Last year, the Eastern Propane & Oil 100 turned into a quarter-mile drag race between Bobby Santos III and Chase Dowling as the pair headed for the granite stripe on the final lap of the race. Santos edged out Dowling by .014 seconds for his fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Santos made up seven spots over the final 21 laps to earn the victory. He made up two spots on lap 80 as he moved into fifth from seventh. Following the red flag on lap 86, Santos moved up to fourth and started fighting for the lead.

Over the final four laps, he challenged Dowling, Justin Bonsignore and Ryan Newman as the four drivers exchanged the lead more than half a dozen times, setting up the intense final lap dash for the checkered flag.

"We were just running our race,” said Santos. “They are hundred lap races, so the guys gave me a great race car and put us in position when it mattered. This is really cool. I've got great people behind me. I'm very happy."

Dowling, Newman and Bonsignore, who finished second, third and fourth respectively, couldn’t hold off Santos as the trio ran in the top three for the majority of the race.

“I was in the catbird seat,” explained Newman as he was trying to find a path to the front on the final lap. “Nobody turned left or right hard enough. If you didn’t enjoy that race, you need to find another hobby.”

United Site Services 70

United Site Services 70

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70 takes on “The Magic Mile” on Saturday, July 20 at approximately 6:45 p.m. with qualifying on Friday, July 19 at 7:05 p.m.

United Site Services 70

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70 takes on “The Magic Mile” on Saturday, July 20 at approximately 6:45 p.m. with qualifying on Friday, July 19 at 7:05 p.m.

Last year, Tyler Ankrum dominated the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his third win of the season.

Ankrum started on the outside pole, took the lead on the opening lap and never looked back.

"I'm not really too sure, honestly," said Ankrum when asked about what went into his dominating performance. "I guess it just kind of happened. The guys gave me a really fast race car."

NASCAR rising star Harrison Burton tried to chase down Ankrum throughout the race. Burton used lapped traffic to pull within a second of the leader with less than a dozen laps to go, but could get no closer. Once Ankrum got through the traffic, he pulled away and earned the win by a margin of 2.387 seconds over the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC analyst Jeff Burton.

"The race went green all 70 laps,” said Ankrum, who earned his first career victory at “The Magic Mile.” “We had a lot of time by ourselves out there trying to find that fast line. [Harrison] Burton certainly put the pressure on. He raced me really hard and really clean, so hats off to him.”

Anthony Alfredo raced to a third place finish while Tyler Dippel finished fourth. Pole sitter Derek Kraus fell back early but ended the evening with a solid fifth place finish.

“It really helps a lot with points, extending that points lead,” said Ankrum. “So we really don't have to worry about it once we get to Dover. That's the biggest thing that does for us.”

All Star Shootout

All Star Shootout

Friday, July 19, 2019

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour All Star Shootout gets the on-track action started on Friday, July 19 at 2:10 p.m. It’s a timed 30-minute event.

All Star Shootout

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour All Star Shootout gets the on-track action started on Friday, July 19 at 2:10 p.m. It’s a timed 30-minute event.

Last year, he may have come into the race trying to preserve his race car for Saturday’s 100-lap main event, but Justin Bonsignore left no doubt how badly he wanted to win the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour All Star Shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 51 Phoenix Communications dove to the bottom of turn four on the final lap to make sure challenger Doug Coby couldn’t steal the victory. 

“I did what you do here on the last lap... I blocked the bottom of turn four as best I could,” explained Bonsignore after celebrating in Victory Lane with his race crew. “I’ll take it.”

Bonsignore narrowly edged the No. 2 car of Doug Coby, who spent the second half of the race trying to find a line that would take him past the race leader. Coby and Rowan Pennink battled fiercely for second place before the two cars bumped in the final lap, sending Pennink’s No. 3 car into the outside wall.

Eric Goodale took third place, Jon McKennedy finished fourth, Bobby Santos was fifth, followed by Ryan Preece, Andy Seiss, Ryan Newman, Woody Pitkat and Matt Swanson rounding out the top-10 finishers.

The All Star Shootout featured a 35-lap run in a 30-minute timeframe, with a mandatory pit stop at lap 20. The top-five leaders were inverted before the second half restart. Bonsignore started the race 12th and had to weave his way through the field to win the race. There were three cautions thrown during the race.

“The early restarts worked in our favor,” explained Bonsignore.  “I could tell the car was working pretty well early.  I also learned about how it reacts in traffic.”

The winner admitted he was trying to preserve and protect his race car during Friday’s race, but felt the entire field of drivers seemed aggressive from the opening lap.

This is the second straight Whelen Modified event victory for Bonsignore this month and his second win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bonsignore won the F.W. Webb 100 on September 24, 2016.